The Sacred Heart Greenwich community mourns the loss of its long-time leader, Pamela Juan Hayes '64, who passed away on September 15, 2021. This page was originally created to honor Mrs. Hayes as she retired from Sacred Heart Greenwich in the Spring of 2020. We invite you to contribute a memory or photo to the Padlet tribute board below. Additionally, click below to watch a special tribute video produced by Broadcast Journalism students in honor of Mrs. Hayes' fifty years of dedicated service to the Sacred Heart schools.
The Pamela Juan Hayes '64 Endowment Fund, established in 2021, will generously support the Pamela Juan Hayes '64 Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship With a Heart Program and continue Pam’s legacy of a deep love of learning, grounded in the Goals and Criteria -- an education of mind and heart that develops women leaders of courage, compassion, and conviction. Pam devoted her life to the mission of the Sacred Heart. As a student, alumna, teacher, Middle School Head at Greenwich and 91st Street, and Head of School at San Francisco and Greenwich, Pam was a true child of the Sacred Heart. Pam’s gracious spirit, strong faith, and love of students are her legacy, and this fund will ensure her enduring influence for future generations.

Learn more about the Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship With a Heart Program

Pam Hayes remarked at a celebration in honor of her 50th year at Sacred Heart Greenwich, “St. Madeleine Sophie's vision, rooted in the love of God, was focused on an all around preparation for intelligent, active, noble, and courageous living.” A leader for our times, Pam’s vision was practical; she recognized the wisdom in Madeleine Sophie’s words: “Times change, and we must change with them.” 

In that spirit, Sacred Heart Greenwich seeks to launch the Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship With a Heart Program. This innovative academic and extracurricular programming will imbue Sacred Heart girls and young women with a broader sense of problem solving techniques needed to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Building on current leadership and wellness programming, this new program will provide Lower, Middle, and Upper School students further opportunity to develop strong capabilities as contributors, leaders, and self-advocates.

Students will develop skills in multiple interdisciplinary areas, including design thinking, leadership and teamwork, creativity and prototyping, risk management, value propositions, project and time management, STEAM and economics, financial acumen, startup business planning, communications, marketing, effective presentations, and public speaking. 

Pam was fond of quoting St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s forward thinking mantra: “Fear of innovation is weakness of mind.” The exploration of the design thinking and entrepreneurial mindset will expose Sacred Heart girls and women to crucial concepts and emerging trends in the rapidly changing world of higher education and business. They will connect with inspiring female industry leaders and Sacred Heart alumnae to develop theoretical understanding, practical knowledge, and leadership skills needed for creating and growing their own businesses, participating in socially responsible investing, and becoming change agents who support and contribute to the common good. 

This programmatic approach further deepens the vision of our foundresses and extends the scope of Sacred Heart’s signature Barat Foundation grantmaking and preschool-12 service programs by fostering student engagement in Catholic social teaching and activism (Goal III) and social justice philanthropy as a force for social change.


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